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Ridgerunner - Southern New England

Appalachian Mountain Club


Opportunity summary

Term length

5/13/2024 - 9/4/2024

Application window

1/1/2024 - 9/6/2024


South Egremont, Massachusetts

Hourly pay equivalent


Project summary

RidgeRunners inform the public on Leave No Trace principles, trail conditions, safety, area regulations, flora/fauna, backpacking techniques, history, and local management practices. RidgeRunners also gather and report important information such as maintenance concerns, visitor use patterns and environmental monitoring.

Opportunity description

AMC RidgeRunners function in a vital management and public resource role on the Appalachian Trail in Connecticut and Southern Massachusetts. RidgeRunners live on the trail throughout the summer, in ten-day shifts, hiking up to 15 miles per day and camping in designated areas along the way. While interacting with over 3,000 trail users annually, their primary role is education and engagement. Ridge Runners inform the public on Leave No Trace principles, trail conditions, safety, and area regulations.


  • Education benefit
  • Housing

Requirements and qualifications


Extensive backpacking experience. Appalachian Trail Thru Hike is not mandatory but helpful. Solo backpacking experience. Willingness to work long hours independently, frequently in isolated areas. Excellent communication skills. Strong desire and ability to work with the public. Ability to work unsupervised independently making professional decisions and taking initiative. Strong interest in backcountry management.

Preferred qualifications

Wilderness First Aid and CPR or Wilderness First Responder certifications (WFA/CPR can be provided by AMC during training at no-cost). Background in environmental sciences, natural resources or education preferred.

Opportunity details

Focus area

  • Natural resource preservation and conservation
  • Biodiversity protection and restoration
  • Outdoor recreation access improvements
  • Recycling and composting programs
  • Environmental education and training
  • Environmental research and citizen science

Work environment

  • Individual placement
  • Rural
  • Outdoor